From an interview with Geert Wilders, translated from NU.nl:
Q: But do other countries also want those far-reaching measures in the field of immigration?
A: If it's not because they want it, it's because they fear they themselves will get a PVV party. Look at Germany. Or at Cameron in England. People are waking up there too. People don't take it any more."
The times when CDU and CDA could ignore problems are definitely over. It's not a passing comet or something similar. The genie is out of the bottle and will never go back. Never.
We're having here our own little revolution.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday slammed "xenophobia" in Germany as he urged Turkish workers there to integrate into German society, but without abandoning their own culture.
"We are following xenophobia in some European countries, primarily Germany, with great concern... We urge politicians and especially the media... not to fan it," he told a crowd of Turkish immigrants in the west German city of Duesseldorf, in a speech aired on Turkish television.
"Islamophobia is a crime against humanity as much as anti-Semitism is," the Islamist-rooted Erdogan said.
The case in question involved a Muslim man who was employed in a supermarket in the northern German city of Kiel. He refused to stock shelves with alcoholic drinks, saying that his religion forbade him from any contact with alcohol, and was dismissed as a result in March 2008.
In a ruling Thursday, Germany's Federal Labor Court confirmed that employees may refuse to perform a specific task on religious grounds. If there is an alternative task they can do which is acceptable to their religion and practical for the company, then the employer is obliged to let them do it. The firm can only dismiss the worker if there is no realistic alternative.
Police on Friday in northern Italy arrested six Moroccan immigrants suspected of membership of an Islamist group aimed at 'holy war' against Christians and Jews. One of the suspects was detained in prison while the other five were held under house arrest, police said. All six live in the area around the city of Brescia in the Lombardy region, where they were arrested.
The suspects allegedly belong to Adl Wal Ihsan ('Justice and Charity') a highly secretive group. Its alleged members used psychological and physical violence to teach their children to hate western culture and customs as well as all religions other than Islam, according to investigators.
Stefano Fonsi, head of Brescia police's anti-terrorism squad in northern Italy, said the suspects allegedly banded together and met privately with the goal of stirring up religious hatred against non-Muslims, including the pope.
Investigators say they found literature exhorting Muslim immigrants against integrating into Italian society and saying the pope should be punished for having baptized the journalist during an Easter vigil ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica.
Translated from JP (h/t Uriasposten):
The Aarhus municipality recently held a meeting on how to make the Gellerup immigrant ghetto a safer place. Several social workers of non-Danish origin warn of the developments in Gellerup.
"We are heading towards a 100% parallel society, if we don't intervene now. It's become normal for people to clear up problems behind closed doors," says Wamid Hassan, coordinator for Unge 4 Unge (Youth4Youth), who is doing outreach work among children and youth in Gellerup.
Via Austrian Independent (h/t EuropeNews):
The increasing number of Muslims living in Austria has been identified as one of the reasons for more lamb meat demand.
The Styrian Sheep Breeders Association said today (Tues) that 25 per cent more lamb meat than two years ago is currently being sold in Austria. Soaring interest in regional and organic products but also more people with Islamic beliefs in Austria were named as factors responsible for this boom. Devout Muslims do not eat any pork. Recent surveys have shown that around 10 per cent of the Austrian population are Muslims.
Translated from HLN:
Sultane, a halal kriek beer produced by Caulier, a brewery from Péruwelz in Henegouwen, will be available in Belgium in the upcoming weeks. The beer is targeted at Muslims, reports La Capitale. This is the first malted drink - not beer - with a halal certificate in Europe. An Algerian imam certified Sultane. The halal beer will be available also in France, and contacts have been made to offer it in the UK, Tunisia, Germany and Kuwait.
Translated from Minuto Digital (h/t IBA):
Islamic associations in Lleida have asked the city council to ban dogs from city buses and in areas and certain municipal facilities frequented mostly by Muslims, so as not to offend Muslims.
The associations say that the presence of those impure animals violates their religious freedom and the rights of Muslims to live according to the Koran.
Quote: "We can't deny that today Islam is regarded as the biggest threat to Europe for many Europeans"
"We can't deny that today Islam is regarded as the biggest threat to Europe for many Europeans," said Professor Anne Sofie Roald of Malmo University's Department of International Migration and Ethnic Relations. "People are perceiving it as a threat because they feel that the minority is growing."
It's then that the symbols, such as minarets and veils, become important, she said.
"It always comes back to that people are afraid of Muslims taking over their countries."
An Iraqi-born bomber who blew himself up before he could set off several devices along a busy Stockholm street before Christmas damaged relations further.
Up to 300,000 migrants from Libya could flee to Italy because of turmoil in the North African nation, Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said in an interview published on Wednesday.
About a third of Libya's population, or 2.5 million people, are immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa who could flee if Muammar Gaddafi's government falls, he told Corriere della Sera newspaper.
"We know what to expect when the Libyan national system falls -- an abnormal wave of 200,000 to 300,000 immigrants. Or rather, 10 times the Albanian (refugee) phenomenon that we saw in the '90s," Frattini said.
"These are estimates, and on the low side ... It is a Biblical exodus."
Nearly half of Finnish teachers believe that the proportion of immigrant children in any one class should be limited to 20-30 percent.
41 percent of teachers questioned by Oppettaja-lehti, a teacher’s magazine, would like to limit immigrant numbers in schools and daycare. Almost a third of those polled said that they would not support quotas.
Three out of four teachers say that immigrants should be dispersed across the country, to avoid concentrations of immigrants in certain areas.
Via NY Times:
A French court on Friday convicted the prominent commentator Éric Zemmour on charges of “provocation to racial discrimination” for televised comments in which he suggested that a majority of criminals in France were “black and Arab,” and said that employers “have the right” to deny employment to those ethnic groups. Mr. Zemmour was ordered to pay over $14,000 in legal fees and damages to the five rights groups that were the plaintiffs in the case, and also received suspended fines totaling $2,700.
Via the Telegraaf (Dutch):
Turkish bakers massively violate the tax laws in the Netherlands, according to an investigation by the anti-fraud agency FIOD. The agency found bakers who committed tax fraud, as well as those who employed illegal immigrants or those who made a mess of the bookkeeping.
A group of around 20 Tunisian migrants on Monday hurled stones at Italian police who intervened when a brawl broke out between them and other migrants at the southern island of Lampedusa's overcrowded detention centre.
Police removed about 10 migrants from the detention centre after the scuffles between the Tunisians, who claimed migrants who arrived on Lampedusa overnight had tried to "queue-jump" and appropriate from migrants held at the centre for several weeks tickets allocated for transfers to detention centres on the Italian mainland.
A policeman was reportedly injured in one eye after a migrant allegedly attacked him with pepper spray.
Via Times of Malta:
A number of men thought to be Libyans opposed to the Gaddafi regime this morning ransacked the manager's office used by the Islamic Call Society in Paola. They also removed photos of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
The men said they went to the centre before going for the second protest in Attard
The police knew of the plot, but didn't stop the attack. Via the Daily Mail:
Four men launched a horrific attack on a teacher in which they slashed his face and left him with a fractured skull because they did not approve of him teaching religion to Muslim girls.
Akmol Hussein, 26, Sheikh Rashid, 27, Azad Hussain, 25, and Simon Alam, 19, attacked Gary Smith with a Stanley knife, an iron rod and a block of cement.
Mr Smith, who is head of religious education at Central Foundation Girls' School in Bow, east London, also suffered a fractured skull.
The four now face a jail sentence.
Detectives made secret recordings of the gang's plot to attack Mr Smith prior to the brutal assault.
The covert audio probe captured the gang condemning Mr Smith for 'teaching other religions to our sisters', the court heard.
Two Libyan air force jets landed in Malta on Monday and their pilots asked for political asylum amid a bloody crackdown on anti-government protesters in Libya, a military source said.
The two Mirage jets landed at Malta International Airport shortly after two civilian helicopters landed carrying seven people who said they were French. A military source familiar with the situation said the passengers had left in such a hurry that only one had a passport.
Christian Union Senator Roel Kuiper wants to amend the constitution to include a ban on Sharia, Islamic law. Senator Kuiper made his statement in an interview with newspaper Trouw.
The Christian Union politician wants to ban Islamic law because it is "not rooted in principles which form part of Dutch culture. Our rights, the way we treat eachoter, our norms of good and evil have all been molded by Christianity."
Mr Kuiper argues that Islamic law is still grounded in retaliation, while the laws of a democratic constitutional state are geared toward forgiveness, correction and reconciliation.
Via the Daily Mail:
A Muslim airport worker has accused airline Cathay Pacific of racism after he was refused a job interview – only to be offered one when he applied two days later using a fake white British-sounding name.
Algerian-born Salim Zakhrouf applied to Cathay Pacific for a job as a passenger services officer at Heathrow Airport.
Mr Zakhrouf, 38, who has lived in Britain since 1991 and is a UK citizen, was told by email he had not been selected for interview.
But applying 48 hours later as 'Ian Woodhouse' with an identical CV and home address, he was invited for an interview by the same personnel officer who had first refused him.
Asylum seekers staged a dramatic protest in Brussels on Sunday, setting fire to a detention centre and threatening to hang themselves, Belgian media reported.
A number of demonstrators scaled the roof and attempted to escape over barricades at a secure facility at Steenokkerzeel, near the main Brussels airport, Belga news agency said.
Others threatened to hang themselves with bedding from their cell windows, with fire officers required to intervene when a blaze was started.
Milan: Tunisian smashes car into airport terminal, shot after trying to stab police officer (UPDATE: Terrorism ruled out)
A terminal at Milan's Malpensa airport was evacuated Monday when a man smashed his car into the terminal building and was shot by a police officer after trying to stab him, a security source said.
"A Tunisian man... who was in a car with his wife and three children tried to smash into the terminal," the source told AFP.
"He then got out of the car with a knife in his hand and threatened a police officer. The officer tried to calm him and escort him out of the terminal.
Update: Police rule out terrorism.
Chechnya has asked state workers to dress conservatively, including headscarves for women and an Islamic dress code on Fridays, in its leaders' latest assertion of Muslim customs.
"We recommend that male state workers come to work in a suit and tie, and that women dress in a skirt below the knee and the appropriate headgear," Chechen government deputy head Magomed Selimkhanov told reporters.
The European Union is to send a team of border experts to Italy within 24 hours to help shore up frontier teams overwhelmed by a flood of migrants from Tunisia, officials said Saturday.
Italian authorities say over 5,000 people have landed in the tiny southern island of Lampedusa since mid-January, when a democratic uprising toppled Tunisian president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. Italy has demanded EU help to deal with the rush.
'As of tomorrow, 20 February 2011, the Frontex mission 'Hermes' will officially be deployed to assist the Italian authorities in managing the inflow of migrants from Northern Africa,' EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said.
Prime Minister George Papandreou, who arrived for a tour of the extreme northeastern province of Thrace on Friday, pledged to settle the problems faced by the local Muslim minority.
On Friday he visited the village of Dimario near the Greek-Bulgarian borders, where he met with local people. This is the first time a Greek prime minister has visited the specific region.
The premier stressed that the government adheres to the principle of equality before the law, underlining that "red tape is the oppressor of Christians and Muslims alike". He also stressed that the government is struggling against discrimination and "old perceptions" as regards the minority. (ANA-MPA)
Hundreds of Muslims are expected to gather in Biel on Saturday for the annual conference of the Islamic Central Council Switzerland. This year’s theme is ”Islamic Identity and Modernity.” As WRS’s Vincent Landon reports, the conference will likely stir debate on how Muslims can be a lively and visible component of Swiss society in the face of some Swiss wanting Muslim culture to remain invisible, as evidenced by the vote to ban the building of new minarets in November last year.
JUST days after saying that multiculturalism had failed in France, President Sarkozy is launching a debate on religion and the secular state, asking what limits should be placed on Islam.
Speaking to his UMP MPs at the Élysée, he said he wanted concrete measures on the place of Islam in France and its compatibility with the country’s secular laws.
He said the French had “paid dear” for their blindness towards immigration during the 1980s, when debate was taboo.
Via the Independent:
Gay men and women will finally be allowed to marry in churches after the House of Lords dramatically voted in favour of lifting the ban on religious premises holding same-sex partnerships.
The amendment to the Equality Bill, which was tabled as a free vote by gay Muslim peer Waheed Alli, received overwhelming backing in the Lords, including from a number of prominent Anglican bishops.
Religious freedom is generally respected in Swiss prisons, according to a study released on Wednesday in Bern by the National Fund for Scientific Research.
Via Daily Mail:
An Islamic school at the centre of a documentary row will close tomorrow amid safety fears.
Teachers at the Darul Uloom Islamic High School, in Small Heath, Birmingham, have held meetings with police chiefs and fear that youngsters could be targeted by the far-Right.
The Dispatches documentary, Lessons in Hatred and Violence, aired tonight and showed footage of a preacher making offensive remarks about Hindus and ranting: 'Disbelievers are the worst creatures'.
But teachers at the school insist the undercover reporter captured an isolated incident where a 17-year-old senior student was talking to pupils.
They have provided a letter which shows that he was expelled for his views last August - five months before the school was made aware of the tapes by producers.
A Birmingham faith leader has now backed the school's record of teaching tolerance and MP John Hemming said he believed the documentary was irresponsible and had put schoolchildren at risk.
Following similar declarations by German, Belgian, British and French officials, a high-ranking Dutch politician declares multiculturalism a failure. Via DutchNews:
Christian Democrat leader Maxime Verhagen on Monday said the multicultural society has failed. He was speaking during the recording of tv show Nova College Tour, reports the Algemeen Dagblad.
Verhagen told the programme the Dutch no longer feel at home in their own country and immigrants are not entirely happy here either.
In an article in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the German Minister of Justice, Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger (FDP), calls to give Islam the same opportunities as Christianity. The article was also posted on the Justice Ministry website (h/t NRP).
I summarized the article below. The article itself seemed to span a lot of issues, and I'll be glad to hear from my readers if I missed any important point.
Via News in English:
The head of the Norwegian Immigrants’ Forum (Norsk Innvandrerforum) calls the proposal a “travesty.” Experts are also skeptical, claiming there’s not enough medical proof that all such marriages can cause the genetic health problems that Labour fears.
“A ban is no solution,” Athar Ali, head of the Norwegian Immigrants’ Forum, told newspaper Dagsavisen. In contrast to Støre’s concerns about marriages between cousins, Ali speaks warmly about them and points to several advantages.
“It’s safe because one knows one’s cousins better than other outsiders. It’s common practice in Muslim countries. It’s important in building alliances for the family. A daughter-in-law, who is also a niece, is better-suited to look after the older family members than someone who doesn’t know the family well,” Ali claimed.
Police in Greece have arrested a young Palestinian identified in reports as an alleged member of Fatah al-Islam, a police source said Sunday.See also: Lebanon: Jihadis fleeing to EuropeIntro
Ghaleb Taleb was arrested in Athens and will be deported for illegal entry into the country following questioning by police, the source told Agence France Presse.
The daily said he had secretly arrived in Greece months ago and was planning attacks in Europe.
Translated from Århus Stiftstidende and DR (h/t Uriasposten):
An increasing number of young, Danish women of Middle Eastern background are subjected to violence and race in forced marriages. Simon Eilrich, a lawyer from Aarhus, is trying to help the women in a new way. The lawyer says that the attacks often take place with the knowledge or help of the families of the girls, and wants those involved charged.
Via the Local:
One in four immigrants doesn't feel safe in Sweden, according to a new study. In general, however, Swedes feel safer than in years past.
More crimes are committed against immigrants in Sweden as a group, the annual national survey of safety compiled by the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention (Brottsförebyggande rådet – Brå) has found.
The survey (Nationella trygghetsundersökning – NTU), also found immigrants have less confidence in the Swedish judicial system and feel less safe than the general population.
City councillors in the French capital Paris on Tuesday unanimously adopted a proposal to name a street, square or other site after Mohammed Bouazizi, the Tunisian vegetable vendor whose protest suicide sparked that country's Jasmine Revolution.
The proposal had been brought forward by Tunisian-born Mayor Bertrand Delanoe.
There is a risk that escapees from Tunisia's jails after last month's ouster of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali may swell the ranks of terrorists coming to Europe as would-be political refugees, Italian Interior Minister Roberto Maroni said Wednesday.
He said Italy had "proof" of the phenomenon and had raised its guard on crossings from Tunisia.
According to Mieke Van Hecke, the head of the Catholic schools in Flanders, efforts to do away with so-called concentration schools have been fruitless.
In Flanders, the word "concentratiescholen" is used for schools where too many pupils of a certain race, descent or social class are sitting together, in other words, schools that have no "healthy" mix between local pupils and immigrants.
Geert Wilders reappeared in court yesterday for a hearing on how his trial should continue. His lawyer wants to restart the proceedings from scratch, the prosecution wants to continue from where they left off.
Via GoV, Wilders' speech in court yesterday:
The lights are going out all over Europe. All over the continent where our culture flourished and where man created freedom, prosperity and civilization. The foundation of the West is under attack everywhere.
All over Europe the elites are acting as the protectors of an ideology that has been bent on destroying us for fourteen centuries. An ideology that has sprung from the desert and that can produce only deserts because it does not give people freedom. The Islamic Mozart, the Islamic Gerard Reve [a Dutch author], the Islamic Bill Gates; they do not exist because without freedom there is no creativity. The ideology of Islam is especially noted for killing and oppression and can only produce societies that are backward and impoverished. Surprisingly, the elites do not want to hear any criticism of this ideology.
My trial is not an isolated incident. Only fools believe it is. All over Europe multicultural elites are waging total war against their populations. Their goal is to continue the strategy of mass immigration, which will ultimately result in an Islamic Europe — a Europe without freedom: Eurabia.
Many mosques in the Netherlands have neglected to register (NL) by the Tax Authority. As a result, many Muslims who donated money can't deduct their gift from their taxes.
Just like churches, since 2008 mosques have to register as an "institution for general benefit" (ANBI), so that gifts to these houses of worship can be tax-deducted. Before 2008, religious institutions were automatically considered ANBIs, reports De Volkskrant today.
Via The National:
The leader of a newly created anti-Islamic party in Germany said he wants to stop the immigration of Muslims and described Islam as a "totalitarian system" bent on supplanting western liberal values.
In an interview with The National, Rene Stadtkewitz, 46, said Muslims were not integrating into German society as well as other immigrants and that authorities should become stricter, by banning headscarves in school, stopping public funding for teaching young children the Quran and curbing the influence of Islamic organisations.
Priests, ecclesiastical organisations and experts all agree that the number of those who convert from Islam to Christianity has steadily increased in recent years.
“I would say that there are 100-150 Muslims in Denmark who convert each year,” says Intercultural Studies Expert Mogens Mogensen Ph. D.
Translated from Alphen Staf FM and Telegraaf:
A 16 year old student at Scala College in Alphen aan de Rijn was attacked in her school last Tuesday by a group of girls, according to a police report.
Via Reuters (h/t EuropeNews):
A masked guard clad in camouflage pokes his AK-47 rifle into the shoulder of a vodka-guzzling client in a hotel bar in Russia's Muslim Ingushetia region, and orders him to leave immediately.
The state-employed security guard then leads the man and his coterie of quiet revellers out of the dimly lit bar.
"We heard reports rebels are on the prowl again and we want to prevent any damage," said the guard, who wished to remain anonymous.
Via the Local:
Lower Saxony is set to follow the state of Hesse in banning the wearing of burkas – the Muslim dress that covers a woman’s face – by public sector workers, possibly creating a wave of regulations across the country.
After Hesse announced earlier this week it was banning burkas in the public service in response to a demand by a 39-year-old woman in a Frankfurt local administrative office to wear the face veil, the Lower Saxony government said it was examining a similar move.
“The burka has no place in the public service,” the state’s conservative Christian Democratic Interior Minister, Uwe Schünemann, told the Hannover daily Neue Presse.
A court on Thursday convicted a 29-year-old Somali man of attempted terrorism and attempted murder for attacking a Danish cartoonist who caricatured the Prophet Mohammed.
The court in the central Danish town of Aarhus ruled that Mohamed Geele not only tried to kill Kurt Westergaard when he broke into his home on January 1, 2010, wielding an axe and a knife, but that the attack also amounted to an act of terrorism.
"The court deems that the attempted murder of Kurt Westergaard in his own home, (of the man who) personifies the Mohammed cartoon affair, must be considered as an attempt to instil a heightened level of fear in the population and to destabilise the structures of society," which falls under the Danish anti-terrorism law, judge Ingrid Thorsboe told the court.
The different types of worship services in Belgium should receive the same status. That's according to four professors, who will forward this advice to the Parliamentary Commission looking into the matter.
Under the professors' proposal, priests and imams would enjoy equal pay and would have to retire at the age of 65. They also counted how many people are attending the different kinds of services. This should be done every 10 years, the professors suggest. The figures could lead to a redistribution of the federal subsidies for the different kinds of religion.
Translated from INN:
Mike Huckabee, currently in Israel, met today with the heads of the European Freedom parties from Austria, Germany, Sweden, and Belgium, and discussed with them the rise of radical Islam in Europe and the world, and the challenge it poses to the free world.
The parties decided to cooperate in the war against fundamental Islam. Huckabee promised to publicly support anybody who fights this phenomenon, including the Freedom parties in Europe, who lead the struggle against the Islamic religious radicalization which is currently happening across Europe.
Translated from Berlingske (h/t Hodja):
A 15 year old Danish girl married a Muslim man in his twenties this summer in Copenhagen, in a mosque on 16 Vibevej road in the Nordvest district. [ed: Al Hidayah mosque]
The man worked as a Koran teacher at the mosque and the marriage took place without consent from the girl's parents, and just a few months after the girl converted to Islam. The Copenhagen municipality reported the man to the police for having an illegal relationship between teacher and student, as well as for keeping a minor away from their parents.